“If you want to awaken all of humanity, then awaken all of yourself, if you want to eliminate the suffering in the world, then eliminate all that is dark and negative in yourself. Truly, the greatest gift you have to give is that of your own self-transformation.”
“There is a love of wild nature in everybody.”
“…it is a serious thing
just to be alive
on this fresh morning
in the broken world.”
“The difference in mind between man and the higher animals, great as it is, certainly is one of degree and not of kind.”
Bears are not companions of men, but children of God, and His charity is broad enough for both. Yet bears are made of the same dust as we, and breathe the same winds and drink of the same waters. A bear’s days are warmed by the same sun, his dwellings are overdomed by the same blue sky, and his life turns and ebbs with heart-pulsings like ours and was poured from the same fountain…”
– John Muir
The language that nature uses, how do we touch it, know it? It surely exists on a plane that some access readily, but most humans aren’t close enough to understand.
I love this time lapse video showing the loveliness of mushrooms sprouting from the forest floor, their umbrellas unfurling majestically. It speaks to me, but the language is clearer, louder when I’m the forest itself, listening…. listening.